London - Ashley Giles has been appointed as the new director of cricket and
head coach at Lancashire, the English county announced on Wednesday.
England limited overs coach and Ashes-winning spinner Giles had been
without a full-time position since missing out to former Lancashire boss
Peter Moores when the England and Wales Cricket Board combined his old
post with that of Test coach six months ago.
Lancashire stalwart Mike Watkinson, who stepped down from his position
as the Old Trafford club's cricket director following the team's
relegation from the First Division of the County Championship.
County Cricket Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Ashley
Giles as its Cricket Director and Head Coach," said a club statement.
Giles added: "Lancashire is a massive club with a rich pedigree and history, and I am thrilled by the prospect of coaching them.
is our intention to return to Division One - but our main aim is
create something both successful and sustainable, which a club with such
an incredible history deserves," the 41-year-old added.
Moores was brought back by the ECB for a second spell with England,
Lancashire asked veteran captain Glen Chapple to become their
However, Giles's appointment suggests Chapple will
be a player only should the 40-year-old seamer decide to continue his
career next season.
Giles had a successful period coaching Warwickshire, after retiring
as a player with the Midlands county, and led the Edgbaston-side to the
County Championship title in 2012.
Lancashire chairperson Michael
Cairns said: "Ashley Giles is a highly respected and regarded coach with
a track record of success in the county game, and has a tremendous
amount of international experience garnered through a playing and
"He is an exceptional candidate for a county like Lancashire, and we are delighted to have secured his services."